Civil Air Patrol

Cadet Captain Peter McKeen receives the Amelia Earhart Award

Col Hunt – Wisconsin Wing Commander, C/Capt McKeen, 1st Lt Jack Owen – Eau Claire Squadron Commander

Eau Claire, Wisconsin. – Cadet Peter McKeen Cadet Capt Peter McKeen earned his Amelia Earhart Award on October 19, 2017.  McKeen is currently assigned to the Deputy Cadet Commander position at the Eau Claire Composite Squadron.  McKeen has participated in Emergency Services training at the Eau Claire Composite Squadron.  He was a Flight leader at the Wisconsin Wing Aerospace Education weekend in Oshkosh, Wisconsin during the fall of 2017. McKeen is working toward earning his private pilots certificate and he is currently enrolled in flight school at Gibson Aviation in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

The Amelia Earhart Award honors the late Amelia Earhart, aviatrix, advocate, and pioneer, who set many records for women aviators in aviation’s infancy, and who was lost while attempting to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.

The Amelia Earhart Award honors the late Amelia Earhart, aviatrix, advocate, and pioneer, who set many records for women aviators in aviation’s infancy, and who was lost while attempting to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.  It requires years of service, leadership and aeronautic tests and physical excellence. Only one half of 1 % of Civil Air Patrol cadets have earned this award.

Any cadet who has received this award, and who later enters CAP’s Senior Member program, is eligible for immediate promotion to CAP 1st Lieutenant at age 21. Cadets who receive the Amelia Earhart Award also enjoy all the benefits gained from earning the General Billy Mitchell Award (advanced placement in the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) should they choose to enlist in the US Air Force, advanced credit in the Air Force ROTC program, and the opportunity to apply for a variety of scholarships and CAP special activities. Additionally, these Earhart Award cadets are now eligible to apply for participation in the International Air Cadet Exchange.

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